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The Chinese government employs an internet police force of approximately 50,000 people who collaborate with an additional 300,000 Communist Party members to operate what has been called the "most extensive effort to selectively censor human expression ever implemented."
The Hallowich family’s gag order is only the most extreme example of a tactic that critics say effectively silences anyone hurt by fracking. It’s a choice between receiving compensation for damage done to one’s health and property, or publicizing the abuses that caused the harm.